The Boston Celtics’ frontline took a major blow when Danilo Gallinari suffered a cruciate ligament rupture that likely sidelined him for the entire 2022-23 season. Then on September 20, Heavy’s Sean Deveney reported that Robert Williams III will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee, which will sideline him for four to six weeks.
That leaves Al Horford, Grant Williams and Luke Kornet center stage as their only viable options. Gallinari and Williams’ injuries leave the Celtics a little thin in that department, so it might be best to add another proven option until Williams returns.
After Williams’ surgery was confirmed, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski brought up the topic of who the Celtics could potentially sign. One name in particular was mentioned because the Celtics had interested him at one point, according to Wojnarowski.
“There are still some experienced bigs out there in the market if they decide to add someone. Dwight Howard is out there. LaMarcus Aldridge is out there, a player I’m told has shown a little interest this summer.
Aldridge, who has spent the last two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, managed to average 12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds last season at the age of 37 while shooting 55 percent from the field and 30.4 percent of three shot. Despite his solid numbers, the Nets didn’t play a minute against him in the 2022 playoffs.
Head coach Ime Udoka also has personal experience with Aldridge, having served as an assistant with both the Nets and the San Antonio Spurs during the time Aldridge played for both teams.
In the same report by Wojnarowskihe also said the Celtics may not add anyone due to the time frame of Williams’ injury.
“They expect[Williams]to be at 100 percent pretty early in the season. So I guess it remains to be seen if Boston feels like they need to go out and get help. Really, most of the time this will be an injury at preseason training camp.
Having made the moves they’ve made this offseason, the Celtics have three open roster spots – possibly four if they don’t think things work out with Luke Kornet as his deal is partially guaranteed. While they’ve also brought veterans for training camp contracts, there’s no guarantee those they brought will fill those spots or if any of them will make the team period.
You can very well wait and see who’s on the open market mid-season.
After Williams’ surgery was reported, the Celtics then waived training camp signee and former first-round pick Bruno Caboclo, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported.
Given the timing, Caboclo’s omission may very well be a simple fluke, or it could be a sign that Williams’ injury has caused the Celtics to covet another veteran who’s a little more tried and tested. It could be Aldridge, Howard, or maybe even Carmelo Anthony.
Regardless, the training camp limit is 20. While Brodric Thomas is expected to come on as a substitute, the Celtics still have one more spot for another training camp body. The timing appears to be more than a coincidence as Caboclo wasn’t even allowed to attend training camp before the Celtics waived him.